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WRBL Athletes of the week: Smiths Station football

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SMITHS STATION, Ala. -

The Smiths Station football team has risen to become one of the top teams in the area.

And because of their 6-0 start, we've selected the Panthers as our WRBL athletes of the week.

The Smiths Station Panthers have proven to be one of the strongest football teams in the area dismantling several opponents this season including the R. E. Lee Generals; a team the Panthers whipped 45- to-12 last Thursday night.

In that game, the Panther running backs, led by J. J. Dancy and Devante Marshall rushed for almost 400 yards.

And Nigel Lawrence also reeled off a 63-yard run in that game as well.

This week, the Panthers take on another strong opponent: the Opelika Bulldogs.

"It is going to be the biggest game of the year in my opinion. We had a tough loss against them last year. I have a good feeling about this game," said Smiths Station lineman John Kittrell.

"We have to go out there and play. We can't have any mental mistakes. Go out there and win the contact war," said Panther Receiver Johnny Woods.

"Opelika is a good team. We're two evenly matched teams. I hope we can go down there and get that W," said Panther Quarterback Jerell Gilmore.

Smiths Station head coach Mark Rose thinks his team is ready for this big challenge.

"Opelika is ranked number three," Rose said. "We are number five in the state. It will be a huge crowd over there at Opelika. It is one of the biggest games around here in a long, long time."

The Panthers certainly hope they can deliver and continue the good play that made them this week's WRBL athletes of the week.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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